I purchased this particular large, green, plastic container used and for only one dollar at a plant sale in the spring of 2010. It’s not particularly beautiful, but isn’t offensive either — I recognized it right away as a good sized tub with an uncommon depth and girth that would make a happy home for several plants.
I originally used the pot for a mixed scented geranium (Pelargonium) planting that I had in mind at the time. If you’re curious, a photo of it appears on page 123 of my new book, “Easy Growing: Organic Herbs & Edible Flowers from Small Spaces“.
With more space to grow in the ground last year, I allowed myself room to play with ornamentals and even gave up more coveted container space to them. This time around I wanted to plant something in the big green bin that would quickly hang over and hide it completely.
The mix I settled on contained the following plants (clockwise from the front): ‘Garnet Lace’ Ipomoea (sweet potato), ‘Mojito’ mint (one of my top 2 mint varieties for taste), ‘Mint Mocha’ coleus, and ‘Chocolate-Mint’ scented geranium in the back. The mint and scented geranium are edible and so are the tubers of the ipomoea, although ornamental sweet potato varieties rarely produce much to speak of. The coleus is not edible, but it sure was pretty to look at.
Please Note: The ‘Garnet Lace’ ipomoea plants were provided by Proven Winners in a pack of 2010 new variety sample plants. I chose the ‘Mojito’ mint and coleus from a 2010 preview event hosted by Loblaw. As a professional garden writer, I often receive samples of new plant varieties to try; however, all opinions, images, perspectives, experiences, and text are mine. I write about my experience with these plants as truthfully and fairly as those that I buy with my own money.